Happy Birthday, President Roosevelt!

Friday, January 30 marks President Roosevelt's 133rd birthday. Happy Birthday, President Roosevelt!

“It is glorious to have one’s birthday associated with a work like this. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. And that kinship, which human suffering evokes, is perhaps the closest of all, for we know that those who work to help the suffering find true spiritual fellowship in that labor of love.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt, Radio Address for the Birthday Ball, January 30, 1940.

1939 poster for The President's Birthday Ball at the President Hotel to raise funds for the fight to cure infantile paralysis "so we may dance again."

Birthday Balls were fundraisers held across the country on President Roosevelt’s birthday, where the attendees were to “dance so that others may walk.” The first celebration was in 1934, where over one million dollars was raised for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a therapeutic rehabilitation center that FDR established for polio patients.